The Wylie Bulldogs held a halftime lead and had their chances to upset Class 5A Division I Lubbock Monterey on Friday night, but the Plainsmen rallied in the fourth quarter for a 28-21 win at Bulldog Stadium.
Trailing 21-14, Wylie quarterback Harrison Atwood led a six-play, 80-yard scoring drive with 6:21 to play. Atwood had a seven-yard scoring run to finish off the drive in which the biggest play was a 46-yard pass to Hayden Keidl.
Monterey (1-1) returned the ensuing kickoff to the Wylie 15 and scored on fourth down from the 2 seven plays later. That led to a nine-play drive for the Bulldogs (0-2) in which Atwood’s fourth down pass from the Monterey 22 fell incomplete.
“I thought that we did some things better than we did last week and saw some improvement by our line play and our offense put some points on the board,” he said. “We had three nice drives, but we tied it up and gave up a big kickoff return to set them up on a short field.”
Sandifer called the kickoff return “disheartening” and something that Wylie will have to learn from.
Monterey coach Wayne Hutchinson knew that his squad was going to be in for a fight against Wylie.
“Anytime you play a Hugh Sandifer team, you better be prepared,” said Hutchinson. “They do a great job and are well coached, but I can’t say enough about my own kids. They overcame adversity and played their hearts out and played with a spirit of greatness.”
Atwood completed his first eight passes Friday night in leading a pair of scoring drives on Wylie’s first two possessions.
Wylie went 79 yards in 10 plays on the game’s opening possession with Atwood hitting Nathan Moore for a three-yard touchdown pass to open the scoring.
The Plainsmen needed just six plays to tie the game at 7-7 with 4:36 to play in the first quarter when Damontrareis Lacy had a 16-yard touchdown catch from Coreon Bailey.
Atwood then led a lengthy drive that covered 86 yards and 14 plays with a nine-yard touchdown pass to Bailey Hicks early in the second quarter for a 14-7 lead.
Hicks finished the night with 122 yards on 19 carries and added five catches for 15 yards.
Just two minutes later, Monterey closed to 14-13 on Tyaquna Williams’ 11-yard touchdown run before a missed extra point.
Monterey had a chance to take a 16-14 halftime lead, but Briley Alexander’s 42-yard field goal attempt was short after Sandifer called multiple timeouts to ice him.
Wylie started the second half by forcing the first punt of the game, but almost immediately gave the ball back after a Hicks fumble at midfield.
“We had two first downs and fumbled on the second first down run,” Sandifer said. “There were lots of plays that could have gone lots of ways, but the back breaker was the short field. Special teams is just as important as offense and defense.”
LUBBOCK MONTEREY 28, WYLIE 21
WHS – Nathan Moore 3 pass from Harrison Atwood (Jaxon McAden kick), 6:59
MHS – Damontrareis Lacy 16 pass from Coreon Bailey (Briley Alexander kick), 4:36
WHS – Bailey Hicks 9 pass from Atwood (McAden kick), 10:07
MHS – Tyaquna Williams 11 run (kick failed), 8:00
MHS – Williams 7 run (Bailey run), 5:49
WHS – Atwood 7 run (McAden kick), 6:21
MHS – Lacy 2 run (Alexander kick), 3:52
RUSHING — Monterey, Coreon Bailey 22-141, Damontrareis Lacy 16-108, Tyaquna Williams 10-76, Deshone Coleman 1-9, Zyion Martin 1-(minus-6). Wylie, Bailey Hicks 19-122, Harrison Atwood 12-76, Nathan Moore 6-25.
PASSING — Monterey, Bailey 3-5-0—29, Hayden Malone 0-1-0—0. Wylie, Atwood 14-25-0—147.
RECORDS — Monterey 1-1, Wylie 0-2.